Cottage Gardening forum: #3 2012 Piggy Chat and Q&A

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Dec 4, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
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A few things have changed from last year, for one price of postage went up to cover this years increase. Second, I felt so bad about what happened with some folks not being who they were, so this year, even Survivors have to pay postage. Economy bad for everybody and hopefully that will lighten the burden a bit off folks and also keep things real.

As usual I have probably forgotten some things, and hopefully somebody will catch them. If I have and am not around, check with Tcs and Patti to make any corrections.

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Dec 4, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im here Hurray!
Dec 4, 2012 10:59 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I made the jump in one piece!

Big Grin
Dec 4, 2012 11:08 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Thanks for the new thread! I'm here, but about to face-plant, so I'm going to bed.

Sweet piggy dreams!
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Dec 4, 2012 11:08 PM CST
Name: CC
Do columbine bloom the first year from seed? I never paid attention to mine.

I'm thinking about creating a special annual wildflower garden for portraits, with tall grass , hollyhock/foxglove/larkspur, and echinacea making up the three-tier background, then poppies, columbines, forgetmenots, low zinnias and something lacy for the mid to foreground. For my sanity, I would probably round-up or black-plastic the annual area in the spring to reseed without established perennial weeds wreaking havoc. I won't have the inclination to weed that area, with efforts needed in other directions. Thoughts?

Dec 4, 2012 11:41 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I also have a question. I bought some paperwhites to force a few but wanted to plant some for a normal spring bloom. However I didnt think to keep them in the fridge and now several have leaves starting to peek out of the bulb. They say they wont bloom again after being forced. How should I handle them? or is it a lost cause? Can I put them in the fridge now even though they have started to grow? Blinking
Dec 5, 2012 12:34 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
I bought some paperwhites at an after Christmas clearance sale years ago - forced, in a lovely glass vase, and planted the bulbs outside after the blooms died back. They have bloomed every year after that. Because we have mild winters, they bloom anywhere from mid november to January.

I would just plant them in the ground now.
Dec 5, 2012 12:39 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Dec 5, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you Risingcreek I would love to get the Pumpkin seeds from you.
Did you grow the Snowball cauliflower your self? I tried these last year, but had no germination at all. And that's very strange, because usually I never have problems with cauliflower seeds.

Chelle it sounds good, that Sugar Pie Pumpkin, I think my friend will like that.

Patrob , I would love to get those seeds of the Sucrine de Berry.

Thank you all for your understanding

Dec 5, 2012 7:08 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Glad to help in any way, Jonna!

I'll tuck those in your packet. Smiling
Dec 5, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you soils! I will also pot up the few I am forcing as well then. Hurray!
Dec 5, 2012 9:43 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow those oinks sneak up on you, Im down to 5 oinks left
Dec 5, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Mistirose wrote:wow those oinks sneak up on you...

Yeah, and there's always last-minute surprises that pop up, right? Whistling


Dec 5, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol right Ears perked up!
Dec 5, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I bought the snowball seeds this year but never planted them. sigh......
will put the pumpkin and the snowball seeds aside for you


on my soapbox now-roundup(monsanto) is mostly responsible for the decline in the bee population-to say nothing of what it does to the groundwater. i would recommend not ever using it.

Dec 5, 2012 11:02 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
agreed Kacee
Dec 5, 2012 7:18 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Gee, I haven't pimped my seeds anywhere near enough this year! Not flowers, aqnyway.

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(LOTS) my Delphinium elatum "Pacific Giant" - OP light blue w purple edges
Hardy Perennial, but may be short-lived in Zones colder than 5-6

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Dec 5, 2012 7:23 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Those are lovely, Rick! Lovey dubby I wish they'd grow here...
Dec 5, 2012 7:36 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Don't worry Rick - those are on my list as soon as Star ups the number of oinks. Rolling on the floor laughing

Love your pimping outfit - complete with a gaudy ring. Thumbs up

Dec 5, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Life, work and migraines have kept me offline for a couple of days...I am missing all the fun!

Joseph said...I planted a 150 foot row of cosmos last year. If they germinated, they didn't survive long enough to flower.

I am surprised. I usually direct sow them, but our springs are probably much wetter than yours.

Veggies for kids? I don't have kids, but the kids in my neighborhood who help me garden like big sunflowers, pumpkins and "magic beans" aka scarlet runner beans. They might like Joseph's colored corn, I know I did two years ago. (Last year was not a good one for me or for corn.) The kids got a kick out of the tiny stand of wheat that I grew - hoping for some starter seed for Bella the cat's greens. They didn't know where bread and pasta came from. Scary - what on earth are they doing in school? Not reading apparently. They think it is very exotic when I sit outside and read. I bet they have televisions in their classrooms. To be fair, one kid's teacher has both animals and plants in the science class. She asked me for some wheat for her teacher. I gave her a couple of seed heads this fall. The kids really like to help me plant things. They also like any task that requires a tool - the boys especially like to use tools and kill bugs. Drowning aphids and squishing Japanese beetles was worth a few laughs - especially when the girls and I went "eeewwww". I was raised in the era of "gender neutrality" so I am not "reinforcing sexual stereotypes." However, bugs and snakes still make me go "ewwww" and "eeekkkkk". I would guess that kids would like almost anything that they can plant if it survives and produces something. The kids in my neighborhood are curious about plants and want someone to listen to them. It is sad that they aren't getting that at home or at school.

My wintersown columbines didn't bloom until their second year. A couple didn't come back, so I am making sure to sow some seeds around each plant. It may be different in warmer climates or for plants started indoors.

I still have oinks left, time to get organized!!! I got my seeds in their packets, but ran out of printer ink. Arggh. I have the sheets ready to print as soon as I get to Kmart for more ink. I got really tired of writing on those labels last year......

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